If you have experienced inequity in healthcare, the Vermont Department of Health’s Morrisville office would like to hear from you. They are working to address health disparities among Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and underserved or marginalized populations at higher risk for COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural-underserved communities.
The Lamoille District has been awarded $150,000 to develop projects to bridge healthcare gaps and reduce or eliminate inequities. The first step is to learn how people have been left behind by the healthcare system. They are seeking individuals to participate in focus groups to help in this work by sharing their experiences with healthcare. Attending meetings can be challenging for all sorts of reasons and they are offering monetary stipends to assist folks in attending these meetings. It is important that community members with lived experience have a real seat at the table to make the changes that will reduce or eliminate health inequities in the BIPOC and underserved communities.
Please join this effort by contacting:
Aaron French at Aaron.French@Vermont.gov or Greg Stefanski at gstefanski@LamoilleHealthPartners.org.